Jarred O'Dell

Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Safety Sciences

First Advisor

Majed Zreiqat, Ph.D., ASP

Second Advisor

Jan Wachter, Sc.D., MBA, CIH, CSP

Third Advisor

Luz S. Marin, Sc.D.


The purpose of this study was to map the competencies of the safety professional at various stages of career progression. The researcher identified competencies as being made up of three core areas known as: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA). Additionally, the researcher identified career stages as begin broken into three general categories herein identified as: Entry-Level, Mid-Level, and Senior-Level. Next, the researcher conducted a survey asking safety professionals located primarily in the Northeastern United States to rate a series of competencies for each stage of career progression. The researcher included several demographic benchmarks into the survey as an effort to determine if there was any bias in the data that was collected. From there, the researcher examined the sub-set of the skill competencies identified as applied skills; that is, skills that are specifically related to the safety professional’s job description, and are less likely to be transferable. There, the researcher reported that regardless of career stage, safety professionals rated 1) Risk Assessment / Hazard Identification, and 2) Knowledge of Accident Investigation / Incident Analysis skills higher than the other applied skills.